Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, at National Taiwan University, his undergraduate alma mater. While a student at National Taiwan University, Pochan Chen began laying a strong foundation in archaeology, and had considerable field work experience in excavating Neolithic and Bronze Age sites. Beginning in 1999, when he was a graduate student at UCLA, Pochan Chen acted as a fieldsite coordinator for a UCLA-Peking University joint project on Landscape Archaeology and Ancient Salt Production in the Upper Yangzi Basin, a projected headed by UCLA Professor Lothar von Falkenhausen. This was one of a small number of international collaborations in archaeology to have been taken place in China since this became possible again in the mid-1990s. This project was of utmost importance in at least two respects. First, in Professor Chen's words, "salt production and trade are one of the most important research topics of ancient industry and economy in both the Old World and New World." Second, the fieldsite--Zhongba, in Chongqing municipality--incredible rich in artifacts, was to be flooded by the monumental Three Gorges dam, and hence submerged forever.
Among Professor Chen's publications are "Archaeological and Chemical Evidence for Early Salt Production in China," Proceedings of National Academy of Science no. 102, 2005 (co-authored), "Salt Production and Distribution from the Neolithic period to Han Dynasty in Eastern Sichuan Basin, China" (2004), and "Discussing Salt Production Behavior according to Some Commonalities of Salt Production Remains" Yanyeshi tanjiu (Research on Salt Industry and History) no. 1, 2003 (in Chinese).
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Published: Thursday, May 25, 2006
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